I signed up (at the last minute) to be in Doll Quilt Swap 14 on Flickr. I like swaps and on-line groups, I love bouncing around and meeting new people. I don't like the pressure I put on myself to make things for strangers, though. I got lucky, I am a fan of my partner and she was good about describing things that she likes. I'm not sure if I nailed it or missed the mark, but, I do like the way that this mini quilt ended.
I used one of the templates from Carolyn Friedlander's Tangelo quilt pattern, so, it is paper pieced. I kept skipping steps in the first block that I made, picking out paper pieced stitches is tedious as hell, once I got in a groove, it was smooth sailing! I did not put too much thought in the arrangement of the fabrics and it put me at ease, it's so easy to stare and pick apart my work.
I quilted this mini in a spiral, Amanda Jean has a great tutorial on this technique. My quilting started with free-motion (a little wonky) and ended with a regular sewing foot, it took over an hour to quilt this. It takes me an hour to quilt baby quilts with less stunning results–noted.
I photographed this with the binding pinned (once I finish something, I'm ready to get it out of my hands), but, it was hand-stitched. I will update this post with the label that I've been using for quilts later.
I also sent Hammond's chocolate bars to my swap partner, I think anyone who enjoys chocolate will like these. Have you had Hammond's before? These 2 are delicious and the red velvet is surprisingly good, too!
I am very busy with going back to my studio and getting Sew OK stuff done, there are still spots available, so, go ahead and register, why don't you?